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In The Night | Unseen Footage From Bethany Hamilton’s Unstoppable The Film
An electric piece of artistry and prowess. Bethany Hamilton, alongside Lakey Peterson, took to the ocean in the middle of the night, their surfboards illuminated in red and blue lights. From the mind of long-time Filmer Aaron Lieber, In The Night is an energising bonus scene from the documentary Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable.
In The Night took place in, as Bethany puts it, “the best and most fun wave in the Maldives.” Filmed in Pasta Point, Maldives, Lieber has created a powerful and cinematic illustration of surfing that whilst feels inspiring, is seemingly unimaginable to the everyday surfer.
The vision to illuminate a surfboard, to light up the ocean during the dead-of-night was an immense task. However, Lieber was up for the challenge and the result is incredible.
“The first step to making this concept come to life was to figure out how to make LED boards.” Lieber explained. “I first started researching LED lighting strips and the companies that made them. Once I figured out the LED strips, I wanted to use I bought a roll and tested them out. When I saw that they would work the way I’d hoped, I started drawing and cutting the strips of LED’s to create the board design. After getting [Bethany’s] feedback I contacted Channel Islands to see if they would help us create them and they said yes! So, I drove up to Santa Barbara and spent a day working with the lead shaper Aaron who helped figure out how to take the concept and make it a reality.
After shaping the boards… they meticulously routered out perfect lines for the LED strips to fit in along with the wiring for the top and bottom. The whole process took about a month.
While they were shaping the boards, I started researching lights I could take in the water as well as lights for land that could illuminate the surf enough for Bethany and Lakey to be able to see. I found these amazing Gates lights for the underwater part and another company K5600 for the land lights. Both companies graciously donated the lights to the production to help us with the concept! Flying everything down to the Maldives was kinda crazy – so many bags and bag fees, but luckily everything made it.”
Sit back, turn off the lights and prepare to be blown away with this exclusive behind the scenes footage from Bethany Hamilton’s: Unstoppable.